While November has usually been proclaimed the National Month of Gratitude because of our thankful attitudes, I think gratitude should be a daily exercise. I think everyone needs to take their Gratitude statements to a next level.
Documenting Daily Gratitude
Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked..”
I love that everyone is using the month of November to document their daily feelings of gratitude, but I’m a proponent of keeping a written list handy and at your fingertips every month. Those written words on paper are much easier to grab and read when you are having one of those “slump” days and need a reminder.
I remember when my Mom had her stroke we were documenting a daily list of her accomplishments. She had to have facial surgery to correct a fracture in her eye socket so even the day when she could open her eyelid was a huge day of gratitude. That list helped us during her extended recovery to see where she had come from and to reminisce about how huge our heart was with gratitude.
You don’t have to have to some type of catastrophic event in your life to appreciate and use a chart or journal of your list of gratitude statements. Using the list even on “bad days” to ground you to things that are really important can be very useful.
My gift to you is a little journal/chart that I use to keep my list. I hope you enjoy (and USE) this or some other way to keep a list. Please click here to download your An Attitude of Gratitude Increases Your Altitude Gratitude Chart
It’s fairly simple.
- A place to write your gratitude thought each day for 28 days.
- A place to put a date
As I said before, I think it’s very important to keep a copy of your gratitude list. While posting it on Facebook is fun, it won’t be as easy to refer back to your list a few months or years from now when you need a memory jogger.
Have fun with your An Attitude of Gratitude Increases Your Altitude Gratitude Chart!!
Until next time..
Kim Steadman is the COOP (Chief Online Operating Person) for The Re-Feathered Nest. A place of encouragement for moms entering the Empty Nest Zone who find they need to RePurpose and ReDesign their lives now that the kids have flown the coop. Kim can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheRefeatheredNest and on Google+ at +Kim.